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E-voting: Dependability requirements and design for dependability

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jeremy Bryans, Professor Peter Ryan


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Elections are increasingly dependent on computers and telecommunication systems. Such "E-voting" schemes create socio-technical systems (combinations of technology and human organisations) that are complex and critical, as the future of nations depends on their proper operation. Thus heated debate surrounds their adoption and the possible methods for making them demonstrably dependable. We discuss the dependability requirements for such systems, and the design issues in ensuring their satisfaction, with reference to a recent proposal that uses cryptography for fault tolerance, in order to avoid some of the perceived dangers of electronic voting. Our treatment highlights the need for considering the whole socio-technical system, and for integrating security and fault tolerance viewpoints. © 2006 IEEE.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bryans JW, Littlewood B, Ryan PYA, Strigini L

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 1st International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security, ARES 2006

Year of Conference: 2006

Pages: 988-995

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/ARES.2006.56

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ISBN: 0769525679